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Meriva 1.6 14yrs old, dead power steering, £175

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#1 OFFLINE   dieselnutjob

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Posted 29 June 2017 - 09:04 PM

I don't know a huge amount about this, but if anyone is interested then I can get more details.  If there is no interest then I won't bother.

 

Currently taxed and MOTed

1.6 petrol

110,000 miles

London parking dents and scratches (but not crashed)

Drives well (apart from power steering)

Power steering fails intermittently

£50 of petrol in the tank

 

Located in Ruislip with a lady from my church.  She now has a mobility car so this one isn't needed.


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#2 OFFLINE   jollyfkr2

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Posted 30 June 2017 - 05:45 PM

What's the tax like on these?



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Posted 30 June 2017 - 05:51 PM

Scene tax ? ????
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Posted 30 June 2017 - 05:51 PM

Still no smileys I see

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#5 OFFLINE   beko1987

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Posted 30 June 2017 - 07:46 PM

Electronic power steering in these, so should be a simple swap out job, probably plenty in a scrappy for the part too!

Have a bump because although I wasn't fond of our old one (gutless, horrible to drive, quite ugly, needs longer gearing for 70) it never actually went wrong at all. Never an ftp bar the battery conking oit, cheap to work on etc

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Posted 30 June 2017 - 07:47 PM

What's the tax like on these?


£17 a month iirc. £55 to brim the tank too so it's got a full tank if there's £50 in it!

Check Google too, the dead steering could be a sensor as its all electric

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Posted 01 July 2017 - 06:20 AM

Im pretty sure the father in law got his Meriva PS fixed FOC at main dealer as it was a recall.

 

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Posted 14 July 2017 - 03:25 PM

price on these is rock bottom , they are the biggest load of Sh*** ever made , the steering is a major job to fix , the subframe rots , handles like a sloppy fish tank on sponge wheels , and the rear seats sum it all up , when ever you want to put one seat down , you lose 2 seats , not like in sensible cars were you can put 1/3 down and can still fit 2 butts in ...

mine will also be available soon , I am just using up the tax on it ....   good points .......  make a good chicken run !

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Posted 14 July 2017 - 03:36 PM

Amy loved hers. Right up until we got the Zafira! She used to drive it every now and again whilst we were selling it just to use the petrol up/keep using it and in the end she said how horrible it was!

 

I never got on with it, the rear seats are a pain, especially if you don't put the middle on down first, the two outer ones jam. I nearly ripped my fingernails off the latch for the middle one a few times too.

 

Ours seemed Ok for rot, saying that I never looked too closely at it


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Posted 14 July 2017 - 03:54 PM

the incredible view to the left takes some beating , you could hide anything with those pillars !!

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Posted 14 July 2017 - 04:16 PM

^That's the enduring memory I have of a hire Meriva 5 or 6 years ago, that and the way it clattered and banged over the slightest imperfection even though it was brand new.



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Posted 14 July 2017 - 04:32 PM

Yep, I had to lean forward at junctions so far I nutted the windscreen sometimes

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Posted 14 July 2017 - 04:37 PM

My mother's Mitsubishi Colt is every bit as bad. Right hand pillar is thick enough to lose a LWB Sprinter in and pulling out at junctions can produce some "oh, shit" moments.



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Posted 14 July 2017 - 05:23 PM

You need to dump this into a Vaux main dealer, pay them £90 and they'll do a diagnostic which will show the pump is fucked and then, in all likelihood, they'll fit £750 worth of brand spanking new pump and give you the £90 back



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Posted 15 July 2017 - 03:38 PM

dumped alright , its replacement is sat in the drive giving it the finger , it knows its going !!!  , it can then rot , clatter and bang its way around a scrap yard ... I had a lucky escape with my last Vauxhall , this one reamed me out , everything about it is half arsed and over stretched Corsa parts and I have yet to meet a happy Meriva owner , perhaps not ( ish ) , those that rented one for a short while where happy to give it back !!!


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Posted 15 July 2017 - 06:30 PM

Ive never liked the Meriva either, and I loved my Corsa C which everyone knows the Meriva is basically. I have no idea of the point of them either except for folk who wanted a Corsa which rode high up, other than that its no more spacious really, horribly designed, ugly shape, interior is horrible, it was basically a biscuit arsed attempt at a small MPV on as cheap a budget as possible, and it shows. 

 

I cant even say the newer one is any better, its much the same except with Astra J switchgear, even the struts and stuff on them are half arsed, where they run Astra H hubs and so on whereas the rest of the newly introduced Vauxhall range at the time was running different stud patterns etc. the Meriva was just a rob the parts bin special. 

 

Utterly hateful things, they surely must be up there with Sintras and Agilas as not Vauxhalls finest hour in recent times. Strange thing is Corsa Cs arent bad wee cars, they do the job they were designed for quite effectively, and so you think "a small MPV based on this, that surely wouldnt be too bad" and it catches you offguard, you are never prepared for how mind numbingly, boring and depressing these heaps are. 


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Posted 23 July 2017 - 03:53 PM

just whipped the after market radio out of the Meriva prior to junking it soon , and the steering went completely belly up , so pulled all the iso connectors out and the aerial lead and started fiddling with terminating the "Speed" wire to earth or 12v  via 100 ohm , nothing no change  , then I saw that the aerial inner and outer were shorted together , parted them and steering ok ???????????  ....  for now ?????????   , this car is F in weird


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Posted 23 July 2017 - 05:41 PM

Makes sense. The PAS will use the speed sense wire to know how much assistant to give at different speeds. The radio will use it for changing volume depending on the speed. That connected to the wrong line, i.e. short to battery or ground, will mean it can't detect the speed. So then throw up a warning.

Basically, probably the aftermarket stereo screwing around with that line.
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Posted 23 July 2017 - 07:08 PM

would of made sense if the radio was even connected to that wire ????? 


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Posted 28 July 2017 - 05:30 PM

car has now behaved for a few days ??? , not even a twitch or clunk  , and in the rain , this is unknown , how can the aerial upset the steering unit ?  .

 

I have got to reconnect it and see what happens .....


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Posted 28 July 2017 - 05:36 PM

Could have been causing some weird grounding/earthing issue? That and a dying battery seem to be most common automotive electrical fault issues.



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Posted 28 July 2017 - 06:58 PM

I always wondered if the problems were down to interference , mobiles would set the steering off , even one outside the car , so it sort of makes sense that the long outer screen from aerial base to battery earth via the radio , was  causing ground bounce which made  the sensitive bits in the steering get upset , and when it rained ??  it got worse !  ,and  I have now been driving with my mobile in my pocket , not the back of the car , switched on , not in aircraft mode .....not even had to restart the car to fix the steering ......   so if this car behaves now , and big IF   ......  do I fix the other problems  instead of scrapping it ????? 

 

shopping list would include   , front subframe ,  rear caliper , drop link , rear shocks .....  100 notes ?  a lot of swearing ...


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Posted 15 August 2017 - 03:23 PM

It played up again !!!,

 

but managed to do some 450 miles on holiday , the engine rattle sounded a bit different , it missed a bit when pulling at low speed and the steering assist didnt on a number of occasions  ,also all the idiot lights all lit up a number of times ,and the petrol gauge flat lined at empty ,,,,   lucky the OBD reader was packed !!

so we have used the tank of petrol up and booked on its final trip with Motorwise for Thursday morning , who offered twice the stingy rate of 50-60 quid with a pickup from home for 114 , so the car only cost me 400 quid in the end plus expendables and a lot of grief  over the year  , the new car was cheaper to insure at 209 quid a year and the road tax is cheaper :-)   ,

I would be wary of buying another Vauxhall after that one .........


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Posted 17 August 2017 - 11:13 AM

its gone for its not so Viking funeral , it will be drained , its wheels removed and put into the seperatooooorr  , apparently its even finds the lost loose change !!!

 

 

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